tv Bay Area Focus With Susan Sikora CW October 14, 2012 8:00am-8:30am PDT
welcome to the show. i am susan sikora. election day is almost here. as we choose a president, california will also vote on 11 state propositions. here to caulk us through this are two bay area political analysts that know the political arena and continue to inform us on print and in the air. we have belva davis and san
francisco chronicle political reporter, paula maranoochi, welcome back. >> thank you for having us. >> i know you mow 2 political beat. >> my chain has been less than a bit, but i have had a little exposure to the real world of it. >> on the conventions, campaign trail and new hampshire together, it is an exciting election year. this one i think will come down to the wire. >> you think it will be really, really close. >> yes. >> i think a lot of people are predicting the same thing. >> maybe not in california, but when you talk about the swing states, it will be nerve racking. >> ohio seem to be that way. >> oh, yes. >> i want to ask awe few things about the presidential race in
general and then we will get to the propositions. first of all in the debate and ever since, everybody is talking about reaching across the aisle. congress? grid locke. everybody agrees on that. can anyone make these five work together, do you think? >> not unless basic philosophies change. we have one philosophy that says you don't tax peoplenick than they are now and the other says if you provide people at a live where they live reasonable comfortably with good health care and all those things. >> there basic philosophical differences between these two candidates. what we saw in the first debate lays out what belva says. there is such different partisanships here. the number of attack ads this
time, the super packs all involved have turned this into such a contention election that i don't think these two candidates will agree on anything even if they agree on something follow ofically. >> although i must say president obama tried to point out those things. >> it is. it is a hyper competitive and higher partisan venue. something has to be done to change the protectory. congress that is lowest approval rating in history, below 13%, so, the voters want the change and they have to demade it for whoever is the next president. >> we are taping this before the vice-presidential debate between joe biden and paul ryan. and we are looking at it before it happens here right now.
do you think people will find this significant, impact a vote, change anybody's mind, or are we really jus focused on the top guy in the. >> no. i think the debate between paul ryan and joe biden will be important. right now the republican side feels energized because of romney's original performance in the first debate. the polls have come up a little bit. if he wants to keep that going he has to keep the a-game going. paul ryan is part of that. we will see another debate next week out of new york. this will be bang, bang, bang. the fact is there is no room for error on either side at this point. we only have less than a month until the election. >> i think they are expecting one of these sides to make his mark by having a big goof up. >> i was going to say somebody may. >> yes. and that says a lot since paul ryan is guy who has written a budget, at least it is out there for debate.
so, we will learn more about it, the appalled thinks. >> yes. and this will have happened by the time you see this. let's movie onto the propositions, with 30 and 38, because these provide tax money for education. they kind of do the same thing. 30 says we will tax people over $250,000 a year for seven years and ups the sales tax by a quarter percent for everybody across the board. if i don't make $250,000 but i shop i will pay a little more. if i did i would be paying more and paying more at the marketplace. proposition 38 increases taxes i believe for everybody, but it uses a sliding scale. i wonder what that is exactly. and there is no sale's tax and that is molly munger's thing, the first thing being jerry brown. do they compete with each other or are they good for next.
>> basically they are different. the governor is trying to save the state from severe cuts and services for people up and down the line, where one is concentrated totally upon education and that is molly munger's 38. to that degree they are different and the governor is hoping you will think about the loss of the services more than you will think about the tax increase for those making over $250,000. >> which will be harder on the average person if it passes? >> well, i think molly's prop 38 is over a wider sort of income range. anyone earning upwards of $7,000. where jerry brown's raises taxes on higher income folk, making $250,000 and up. do they compete with each other? absolutely they do. a lot of people who think molly munger made a mistake when she
put this on the ballot, because it will be a hard lift to get california to approve taxes this year, never mind being in a tough economy. >> isn't it a tough sale to say i will give you even more money i don't have. >> yes. and it is confusing to the voters and a very high sakes game for jerry brown and molly munger. >> okay. we will be right back after this. woman: i remember the moment. -i'll never forget that moment. woman: that changed my life. man: at that moment, it hit me -- this is why i joined the guard. we're soldiers, always ready to protect our country, but we've also got communities -- family, friends, neighbors -- who count on us. i couldn't believe it. i just saved a life. somebody from my hometown. announcer: see what it means to be a citizen-soldier, at nationalguard.com.
. the book you have is called never in my wild dreams! we are back on "bay area focus/black renaissance." >> let's go to proposition 32. we are running out of time here. here is the thing. it bans corporate and union contribution to state and local candidates. critiques say the union are restricted but it is not as
tough on corporate contributions because if they can't write a check in one place then they can write it somewhere else because they have deep pockets. am i saying it right? >> the union contributions was pay tech protection, prohibiting the use of payroll reductions for political purposes if you are a union member. of course the union members are fighting this vehemently. this is job one for them in this election because they are saying this is their free speech and their way to speak out and match the contributions of huge corporation that is put in money. corporations don't have to get the approval of all their shareholders before they spend on political messaging, so, why should unions. that is one of the big education arguments. >> one of the things it says also, it not what it seems. we hear this every single election time. don't believe it. it is not what it seeming loot a fine print and the details
which is very tiny and i can't read them. but the question is there some kind of clearinghouse that says you need to write this clearly so the average person and voter can understand it? >> oh, boy, we tried to do that! >> it has been a lifelong battle. >> yes, but it seems to continue to be what it is. that is a way to let him get what you want. to get your point out and to the folks on the ballot. >> yes. banning union and corporate contribution, but the fact is some of the corporate contributions are emptied and that is where the issue is. >> because they -- emptied, so, that is where the issue is. >> proposition 39 says it
closes a loophole for businesses moving out of the state and critiques say it flus taxes. >> it is one of those tax measures on the ballot. i think it is important because it is proposed by tom star, a billionaire hedge fund management man, and someone very involved in green energy issues. this is what a lot of people say is an effort to fix loopholes for out-of-state company, requiring them to calculate their california sale's tax based on the percentage of sales they have in california. so, like this amazon that sells lots of stuff in california but is based out of california would have to pay a higher tax. that money would go to clean energy projects. >> there are two other propositions. i don't have time to get into the details too much except
they repeal things. prop 34 will end the death penalty and replace it with life with no parole. >> cost. >> the cost, right. >> is that a valid representation. >> tax payers will actually get the -- it has happened. >> and proposition 36 repeals three strikes so people don't end up with some punishment for -- . >> it is just repealing it. you have to committed a invite lent crime to be sentenced. >> okay. one word, prediction for voters turnout? >> good. >> high. i thinkly be high. >> go to your polls. vote early. >> thank you so much for being here. dr. deepak show practice is up next. don't go away.
>> i don't think of myself as a traditional indian guru, but as a explorer of consciousness. as one explores everest or the depths of the ocean. >> he may not think of himself as a guru, but 348s of others do. >> dr. deepak shopra, welcome back. well, let's talk about the book first and then we will get to the film. i saw the film and thought it was fascinating. in the book you say god stands for our need to know ourselves and as awareness evolves, so does god. does that mean that god changes or our understanding deepen in the. >> our understanding deepens. today we know the universe came
into existence almost 40 billion years ago, that 70% of the universe dark energy and 25% is dark matter. only less than 1% is regular atomic matter, that includes all the galaxies and all the star, billions of them and trillions of planets, so, god obviously can't be a dead white male in the sky, right? >> or a sugar daddy giving out favor, right? >> yes. in the book as i go through the experiences of job, of st. paul of an english woman of fame ann hutchinson during the time of the puritans, and einstein and more, we find a common thread. it is amazing that they all had an experience as a child, something beyond the visibility world. they all lost their fear of
death and emerged with platonic truth. truth, goodness, beauty, harmony, evolution, love, compassion, joy, kindness and that is the essential religious experience. then we kind of made it a religion and went to war. so, somebody is pointing to the moon as people are doing, you should be looking at the moon instead of otherwise. >> job as we know went through many, many trials. you wonder -- as i am reading, why do bad things happen to good people. then you get to that on the next page. i think a lot of that resonate with people right now. people dealing with adversity, with not being able to find a job, worrying about losing their homes and that kind of thing and you think why can't god help me. i am living a good life and it doesn't make sense of my understanding of god.
>> it doesn't. the same question. what job goes through, if there is god, why did he allow the hot cost, why does -- holocaust, why does cancer occur. so, the very first problem is why had you had "he" allow. god becomes agued. >> that is true. >> he is psychology, emotional and spiritual, which job goes through by the way until he find as deeper identity beyond job. you are not this person i am speaking to. you are a consciousness that is projecting as this body. so is the physical word, by the way, the perseptember wall experience dependant on the brain. as the brain involves, the appearance of the june verse
evolves. is universe and brain are co- evolving from a deeper process which is god. >> what is your way of putting this together. this is daunting title "god." so, somewhat your process. i assume studying these people, what they wrote and passed down informs you, but then it come to the point where you have to put yourself or your interpretation of all these pieces together. >> yes. my own practice, self observation, observing my body, mental space, my thoughts and emotions and relationships, my perceps wall experiences, self a -- perceptual experiences, making conscious choices all my life and ultimately understand that
what we suh is not what is. -- see is not what is. if you can see it, it is not real. the perception is not the actual. but then something actual that is giving life to the perceptual and that consciousness and spirit is what we need to discover because that is our window, the transformational vortex, the corridor through which we connect with the infin knit. >> what do you think happen to us after we die? >> what happen to this wall. the walls collapse. >> to us after we die. >> every imagination, desire, memory is actually pointed to
death as a possibility for you. so, you don't go anywhere. you just stop projecting. now, you can upgrade the elusion and call it heaven or downgrade it and call it hell or all kinds of versions of it in the different traditions. and people who have near-death experiences experience that with them being programmed to culturally approve it. >> so, if i don't believe there is a hell there is no hell. >> there is no hell. it is a projection, and there is no you either other than this physical body. >> okay. let's move onto the film. the film begin with you being ordained a buddhist monk. that surprised me in a way because you haven't chosen to stay over there and live in robes and your hair has grown back in. you got your hair shaved the whole thing. why did you decide to do that. >> a great question you asked me about death. in this monastery i went to, our program was to meditate ten
hours our death and the impermanence of existence and how that throws you to the present moment. because most people are thinking about the future or the past, which means they are living in a dream. what is the difference between last night's dream and the one you are having now, because you live in the past or future. so, this is a experience i really wanted to be grounded in. okay? secondly i wanted to see what it was to be anonymous. shave my eyebrows and go begging for food everyday. i was a beg we are the other monks and we ate what we got and we ate only one meal and i realized that was such a precious experience, because it takes you beyond your self image into the real you. >> when i had cancer, i lost my hair in chemotherapy and i was really cranky and somebody asked me what i learned and i said, you know what, i looked in the mirror and i had to confront my faith. i am not sure exactly what that
meant, but i was just confronting me i guess. all right. one of the interesting things about this movie that i thought was so awesome was your son following you around with a camera. first of all, are you pleased with the outcome and did he allow to edit anything out? >> no. i went to the film festival and am i pleased or displeased, neither. it is his movie. it is about him and his relationship with me. it is skillfully done. >> they are giving me the hook. i have to go. i have about 60 other questions to ask you. if you get to see the movie, decoding deepak is playing at the roxy theater in san francisco. for more information visit roxy.com. we will leave you now with another look at decoding deepak... . >> i am susan sikora. thank you for watching.